1. St. Stephen's Day
One of the party carries a holly bush in which is a dead wren, or feathers resembling a dead wren, together with ribbons and other decorations.
They divide the spoils in the evening, and each gets his share.
Big boys sometimes rob them of their hard-earned money in the evening. Hence the young boys when starting in the morning arm themselves with a few good strong wattles - more for intimidation than for use) -When they came to a house they sing the following song.
The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
St. Stephen's Day she was caught in the furze,
Although she was little her family's great,
Rise up land-lady and give us this trait.
(leanann ar an chéad leathanach eile)